On Writing

On Writing


Author : Stephen King
Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton
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ISBN : 9781444723250
Pages : 351 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (723 users)

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In 1999, Stephen King began to write about his craft -- and his life. By midyear, a widely reported accident jeopardized the survival of both. And in his months of recovery, the link between writing and living became more crucial than ever. Rarely has a book on writing been so clear, so useful, and so revealing. On Writing begins with a mesmerizing account of King's childhood and his uncannily early focus on writing to tell a story. A series of vivid memories from adolescence, college, and the struggling years that led up to his first novel, Carrie, will afford readers a fresh and often very funny perspective on the formation of a writer. King next turns to the basic tools of his trade -- how to sharpen and multiply them through use, and how the writer must always have them close at hand. He takes the reader through crucial aspects of the writer's art and life, offering practical and inspiring advice on everything from plot and character development to work habits and rejection. Serialized in the New Yorker to vivid acclaim, On Writing culminates with a profoundly moving account of how King's overwhelming need to write spurred him toward recovery, and brought him back to his life. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower--and entertain--everyone who reads it.


On Writing

On Writing


Author : Stephen King
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
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ISBN : 0743455967
Pages : 325 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (743 users)

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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.


Brief-Writing Master Plan

Brief-Writing Master Plan


Author : Chinua Asuzu
Publisher : Partridge Publishing Singapore
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ISBN : 154377119X
Pages : 693 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (543 users)

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As much a sword as a shield, Brief-Writing Master Plan offers an unparalleled and unprecedented curriculum of written advocacy. It’s a sparkling, alchemical blend of doctrine, ethics, and skills. It recruits linguistics, logic, psychology, rhetoric, and semantics into the arsenal of learned advocacy. It contains the rhetorical wisdom of ages, pages, and sages. An advocate files a brief to persuade the judge to decide the lawsuit in favor of the advocate’s client. The keyword is persuade. Too often, advocates forget this and write to please themselves. They address themselves instead of the court. They write in chest-thumping prose and style. Advocates will do well to keep in mind that in advocacy, all that counts is persuading the judiciary. Hence, Brief-Writing Master Plan responds to the judicial wish list for advocates’ writing style and substance. This book is a transformative resource with the potential to accelerate court proceedings by easing judicial burdens and caseloads. A sober reflection on the advocate’s duty to the court, Brief-Writing Master Plan encourages professional candor, decency, and honesty. Writing as taught in this book will surely propel you to the top 1% of the global legal profession and secure your legacy.


Writing for Life and Ministry

Writing for Life and Ministry


Author : Brandon J O'Brien
Publisher : Moody Publishers
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ISBN : 0802498698
Pages : 128 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (82 users)

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Is Your Biggest Ministry Obstacle Writer’s Block? As an active member in ministry, writing is usually inevitable. Perhaps you approach these opportunities with excitement—or maybe you procrastinate to avoid the task altogether, your pages remaining forever blank. No matter how you feel about writing, approaching a project can be overwhelming. Knowing what to say can be as confusing as knowing where to begin. Perhaps for you, the first step in the writing process is simply to demystify the writing process, to realize that you are capable of accomplishing your projects. If so, then Writing for Life and Ministry is for you. Seasoned writer and writing coach Brandon J. O’Brien examines the obstacles that often inhibit ministry leaders from thriving as writers. Most importantly, he simplifies the writing process, so it is both accessible and flexible to fit your style. Don’t let the craft of writing keep you from flourishing in your ministries. With this resource, you’ll learn how to plan, draft, and revise. The included exercises will enable you to hone your craft and develop your skills. Best of all, you’ll be ready to tackle that writing project you’ve been putting off with confidence.


Writing in the Works, 2016 MLA Update

Writing in the Works, 2016 MLA Update


Author : Susan Blau
Publisher : Cengage Learning
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ISBN : 1337517739
Pages : 688 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (337 users)

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In this fourth edition of WRITING IN THE WORKS, the authors have maintained their dual focus on writing as both an academic and practical tool. At the same time, they have updated the content and the spirit of the book for the contemporary writing environment. Students learn to write for the digital world—where visual and verbal messages are inseparable—and do so by exploring serious ideas that will engage a real-world audience. Throughout the book, and in three new chapters, the authors emphasize the skills of synthesizing, defining, and evaluating—skills central to the development of good academic writing and good real-world writing. Students are encouraged to take chances, think big thoughts, and practice skills which will prepare them to ride the global communications wave as more confident, capable writers. This edition has been updated to reflect guidelines from the 2016 MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.


On Writing and Publishing

On Writing and Publishing


Author : Lillian Cui Garcia
Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
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ISBN : 1664198873
Pages : 160 pages
Rating Book: 4.6/5 (664 users)

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In this memoir, the author looks back to how even as she grew up thinking and speaking Cebuano, a major language in the Philippines, she somehow found her first literary voice in the poems she wrote in English, the language of instruction in the educational system she attended. She traces how her poetic self-expression in English soon evolved into writing personal essays through high school and college and how this progressed into writing academic articles to keep her teaching position at a university in the Philippines. She then narrates how her academic writing background incalculably facilitated her career as a government researcher and college instructor during more than 3 decades of her 43-year permanent residency in Canada. Interweaving the stories of her writing experience with recollections of family and work-life in the Philippines and Canada, she draws her journey to a full circle with her once again writing literary pieces and putting them together in the three memoirs she had self-published since 2019.


Memoir Writing For Dummies

Memoir Writing For Dummies


Author : Ryan Van Cleave
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
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ISBN : 1118414659
Pages : 384 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (118 users)

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The fast and easy way to write your memoir Memoir writing is a growing phenomenon, and not just bycelebrities and politicians. Everyone has a story to tell, andMemoir Writing For Dummies provides hopeful writers with thetools they need to share their life stories with the world andbecome published authors. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions—along withhelpful tips and advice on how to get published—MemoirWriting For Dummies shows you how to put pen to paper and honethe craft of writing a truly compelling memoir. You'll get adviceon how to explore your memories, map out your story, perfect yourplot, setting, character, and dialogue, and so much more. Includes tips on getting over writer's block Guides you through every step of the writing and editingprocesses Covers the best ways to market a finished memoir Packed with proven tips and writing tricks of the trade,Memoir Writing For Dummies gives you everything you need toensure your life story is never forgotten.


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Nonfiction

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Nonfiction


Author : Christina Boufis
Publisher : Dorling Kindersley Ltd
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ISBN : 0241885450
Pages : 266 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (241 users)

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Narrative nonfiction, also known as creative nonfiction or literary nonfiction, is true stories told using literary techniques and creativity. Narrative nonfiction essays are often featured in magazines such as Esquire, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Harper's. Book-length narrative nonfiction works have grown in popularity since Truman Capote published In Cold Blood in 1965. Nonfiction works such as Into Thin Air, The Orchid Thief, The Perfect Storm, and Seabiscuit have smashed sales records and brought the genre into focus for the mainstream. With the rise of self-publishing and blogs comes a new generation of writers who want to tell their stories to a wider audience. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Writing Nonfiction gives narrative nonfiction writers the instruction and tools they need to elevate their storytelling to an art form that appeals to more readers. In this book readers learn: - What narrative nonfiction is - The literary building blocks of narrative nonfiction - How to research nonfiction subjects - Tricks for remembering details of events from one's own life story - How to conduct interviews for a book or article - How to find inspiration when writing nonfiction stories - Word choice and grammar help - How to overcome roadblocks such as stalled motivation and inhibitions when writing about real, living people - How to craft several types of narrative nonfiction by example - How to find markets for their work and get published In addition, author Christina Boufis interviews successful narrative nonfiction writers in many subgenres and gets their insights on what inspires them and how they overcome their own obstacles.


Mass-Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism, 1972–2017

Mass-Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism, 1972–2017


Author : Michael J. Blouin
Publisher : Springer
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ISBN : 3319893874
Pages : 253 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (319 users)

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Mass-Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism, 1972–2017 tracks the transformation of liberal thought in the contemporary United States through the unique lens of the popular paperback. The book focuses on cultural shifts as they appear in works written by some of the most widely-read authors of the last fifty years: the idea of love within a New Economy (Danielle Steel), the role of government in scientific inquiry (Michael Crichton), entangled political alliances and legacies in the aftermath of the 1960s (Tom Clancy), the restructured corporation (John Grisham), and the blurred line between state and personal empowerment (Dean Koontz). To address the current crisis, this book examines how the changed character of American liberalism has been rendered legible for a mass audience.


How Writing Works

How Writing Works


Author : Dominic Wyse
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
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ISBN : 1316884872
Pages : pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (316 users)

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From the invention of the alphabet to the explosion of the internet, Dominic Wyse takes us on a unique journey into the process of writing. Starting with seven extraordinary examples that serve as a backdrop to the themes explored, it pays particular attention to key developments in the history of language, including Aristotle's grammar through socio-cultural multimodality, to pragmatist philosophy of communication. Analogies with music are used as a comparator throughout the book, yielding radically new insights into composition processes. The book presents the first comprehensive analysis of the Paris Review Interviews with the world's greatest writers such as Louise Erdrich, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Ted Hughes, and Marilynne Robinson. It critically reviews the most influential guides to styles and standards of language, and presents new research on young people's creativity and writing. Drawing on over twenty years of findings, Wyse presents research-informed innovative practices to demonstrate powerfully how writing can be learned and taught.


The Gift of Memoir

The Gift of Memoir


Author : Diane Taylor
Publisher : BPS Books
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ISBN : 1772360074
Pages : 184 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (772 users)

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The Gift of Memoir is a wonderful guide for Memoir Writing. I especially appreciate how Taylor examines the memoirs of historic, well-known or highly-controversial people for examples of good craft and content, and to illustrate the many quirks and magnificence of the human journey.” –Pegi Eyers, author of Ancient Spirit Rising “Every writer can benefit from reading Diane Taylor’s wonderfully clear, down-to-earth, practical, and inspiring book. But for the memoirist, in particular, Taylor’s expertise is invaluable.” –Philip Marchand, National Post columnist and author of Ghost Empire: How the French Almost Conquered North America The Gift of Memoir is Diane Taylor's gift to writers of every kind, but especially those with a personal or family story to tell. In words that are themselves a stellar example of literary craftsmanship, Taylor shows writers how to show up, open up, and write. She shares moving stories from her own adventurous life. Her short chapters, full of practical advice and inspiring examples, cover such topics as: Establishing a writing ritual Why write memoir? Joining a writing community for diversity and connection Telling the truth when you aren’t sure Journaling to unlock the soul How to approach traumatic events Four strategies to retrieve memories The ingredients of a good anecdote The several senses, not just five, for vivid writing How to choose a form that fits your writing The revision process


Unfuck Your Writing

Unfuck Your Writing


Author : Joe Biel
Publisher : Microcosm Publishing
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ISBN : 1648410111
Pages : 128 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (648 users)

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Want to be a writer, but the words won't come? Do you have a lot to say but don't know how to write it so people will read it? Do you struggle with anxiety, procrastination, or feeling like an imposter around your writing? Microcosm's two most prolific authors teach you their tricks of the trade in this no-nonsense, practical guide to the craft of writing longform work. Learn skills like setting and sticking to goals, communicating effectively with your writing, having fun while writing, working with an editor, and creating reader-oriented work. This is not a book about crafting beautiful sentences with perfect grammar; instead Harper and Biel will teach you to write so that your words have the greatest possible impact on the world.


On Point

On Point


Author : Tracy Crow
Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
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ISBN : 1612347770
Pages : 160 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (612 users)

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Personal writing can be risky for anyone, but for military veterans, especially those suffering from post-traumatic stress, sharing stories can trigger painful and disturbing flashbacks. Writing is also risky for the ego. It is one thing to write a military story, especially one based on authentic experiences; it is quite another to muster the courage to share that story with others for critique and feedback. Award-winning journalist and author Tracy Crow presents a roadmap for writing an authentic, persuasive military story. Drawing from her personal experiences and those of other veteran writers, and from the insights of noteworthy writing and teaching professionals, On Point is the guide Crow wishes she'd had when she first began writing about her military experience. No previous writing guide specifically addresses the unique challenges and rewards facing soldiers who want to craft their military story with courage and candor.


Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces


Author : Jim Palmer
Publisher : Thomas Nelson
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ISBN : 1418537543
Pages : 224 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (418 users)

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Jim Palmer's critically acclaimed Divine Nobodies was only half the story - the deconstruction and shedding of a religious mentality that hindered his knowing God. In his next book, Jim takes the reader along into the wide open spaces of exploring and experiencing God beyond religion. Jim writes, "It is no secret that God can be lost beneath the waving banner of religion. Divine Nobodies is my story of how this happened to me. Sometimes you have to disentangle God from religion, even Christ from Christianity, to find the truth. With the help of some unsuspecting nobodies, I uncovered a new starting line with God. As I've put one foot in front of another, I've experienced God in ways that are deeply transforming." Each chapter revolves around a central question related to knowing God on fresh terms: Is God a belief system? Is the Bible a landing strip or launching pad? Can what we're feeling inside be God? Are we too religiously minded to be any earthly good? Brian McLaren wrote, "I am tempted to say that Jim Palmer could well be the next Don Miller, but what they have in common, along with an honest spirituality and extraordinary skill as storytellers, is a unique voice." The Library Reviews said of him, "Jim Palmer's casual, yet compelling writing style cuts through the religious rhetoric and gets to the real issues...readers will love this author! His sense of humor is alternately mixed with shocking sentences and poignant moments. Laced throughout is a refreshing honesty that ties his ideas together with a ribbon of reality...each turn of the page strips away a little more of the contrived mystery of Christianity until the simplicity and sincerity of it stands in realistic splendor." More and more people seek a deeper spirituality beyond status-quo religion. Others are left empty and weary from a shallow and narrow pop-Christianity. Palmer says that God's kingdom of love, peace, and freedom can be a present reality in any person's life. He proclaims that God is indeed in the process of birthing something deep and wide among unlikely people in unconventional ways, which is changing the world...one "nobody" at a time.


Writing & Selling Your Memoir

Writing & Selling Your Memoir


Author : Paula Balzer
Publisher : Penguin
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ISBN : 1599634198
Pages : 240 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (599 users)

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There's more to writing a memoir than just writing your life story. A memoir isn't one long diary entry. Rather, it's a well-crafted story about a crucial, often exceptionally difficult, time in someone's life. Writing & Selling Your Memoir talks readers through the process of telling their most personal stories in a compelling, relatable, and readable manner. Unlike other books dedicated to the art and craft of writing memoir, it teaches readers how to approach the genre with love, respect, and know-how without sentimentalizing it. Drawing on her experience working with New York Times best-selling memoirists, literary agent Paula Balzer carefully explores the genre and provides readers with step-by-step instruction on how to: • Identify strong opening and closing points • Find and develop a strong central hook that readers can relate to • Structure a memoir to maximize readability • Use dialogue and pacing to enhance intimacy • Approach honesty and truthfulness • Build a successful author platform around their memoir • Get an agent's attention • Get published Full of tips, techniques, detailed exercises, and examples from best-selling memoirs as well as sidebars from well-known memoir authors, Writing & Selling Your Memoir teaches you how to approach an often tricky genre and tell your story without sentimentalizing it.


The Demise of the Library School

The Demise of the Library School


Author : Richard J. Cox
Publisher : Library Juice Press, LLC
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ISBN : 1936117452
Pages : 359 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (936 users)

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In The Demise of the Library School, Richard J. Cox places the present and future of professional education for librarianship in the debate on the modern corporate university. The book is a series of meditations on critical themes relating to the education of librarians, archivists, and other information professionals, playing off of other commentators analyzing the nature of higher education and its problems and promises.


Mental Hygiene

Mental Hygiene


Author : Ray Robertson
Publisher : Insomniac Press
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ISBN : 1897414544
Pages : 209 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (897 users)

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One of today's best young novelists, Ray Robertson is also one of its ablest critics. Mental Hygiene is a collection of his most entertaining, insightful, controversial, and funniest reviews and essays written over the last five years. Believing that ''writers have a responsibility to help maintain the mental hygiene of their time, '' Robertson, following in the footsteps of Mordecai Richler and other novelist-critics such as Anthony Burgess, Kingsley and Martin Amis and John Updike, is at the front line of contemporary literary debate. Whether castigating the bland cabal he refers to as McCanlit, poking fun at the trendy ephemera of intellectual fashion or arguing for his own unique fictional aesthetic, Robertson pulls no punches and suffers no fools